Woodbine station

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Woodbine
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Woodbine TTC closeup.jpg
Location 991 Woodbine Avenue
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
Coordinates 43°41′11″N 79°18′46″W / 43.68639°N 79.31278°W / 43.68639; -79.31278Coordinates: 43°41′11″N 79°18′46″W / 43.68639°N 79.31278°W / 43.68639; -79.31278
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections
Construction
Structure type underground
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 25 February 1966
Traffic
Passengers (2015[1]) 14,380
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

Woodbine is a subway station on Line 2 Bloor–Danforth in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station is at the southeast corner of Woodbine Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard, just north of Danforth Avenue.

The entrance, collector, and bus platform are at street level, the concourse is on the second level, and the subway platforms are on the lower level. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[2] Automatic sliding doors, accessible fare gates and the addition of elevators, made the station fully accessible in late September 2017.[3]

History[edit]

Woodbine Station was opened in 1966 as the eastern terminus of the original Bloor–Danforth line. Although the station was a terminus for two years, it was known that this would be temporary, so it was built with side platforms rather than a single centre platform that would have conveniently served departures from either track.

Disused section of streetcar track on Strathmore Boulevard

The Bloor-Danforth subway line replaced the Bloor streetcar line, which ran from Jane Loop to Luttrell Loop, near the present Jane and Victoria Park stations. With the opening of the subway from Keele to Woodbine in 1966, streetcar service was reduced to a short Bloor route from Jane Loop to Keele station, and a Danforth route from Woodbine station to Luttrell Loop. These portions were in turn eliminated when the subway was extended in 1968 to run from Islington to Warden. However, evidence of the temporary loop at Woodbine station for Danforth streetcars still exists: a single disconnected streetcar track runs west from Cedarvale Avenue along Strathmore Boulevard, curving towards the east end of the station, and an irregular wall in the station's mezzanine indicates the former passage to the streetcar platform.[4] The walled-off section of this passage has been partially converted into a staff room and storage area.[5]

Surface connections[edit]

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
91C Woodbine Northbound to York Mills Road
91D Northbound to York Mills via Railside Road
(Rush hour service)
92 Woodbine South Southbound to Lake Shore Boulevard East (Ashbridge’s Bay Loop - Woodbine Beach)
93 Parkview Hills Northbound to Parkview Hills

Second exit[edit]

In June 2010, the TTC announced plans to add second exits to 3 subway stations on Line 2. These exits were recommended after a fire safety audit due to the stations only having one primary means of emergency access/egress.[6] The plan was to construct a new "exit only" structure at surface level on Strathmore Boulevard.[7] In order to build the exits, the TTC expropriated residential land and demolished a home on the northwest corner of Woodbine and Strathmore.[8] The decision to do so proved controversial in the neighbourhoods affected; although the TTC stated it would review their plan, it ultimately went ahead. Construction of the second exit was completed in September 2017.[9][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2015" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved April 10, 2017. This table shows the typical number of customer-trips made on each subway on an average weekday and the typical number of customers travelling to and from each station platform on an average weekday. 
  2. ^ "OUR STATIONS - TCONNECT.ca". TCONNECT.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Woodbine Station: Easier Access and Second Ext Project". ttc.ca. TTC. Archived from the original on October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ Liz Clayton (23 Nov 2002). "Ghosts of Toronto's public transit". National Post. Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Abandoned Streetcar Shuttle Connection Passages". Transit Toronto. April 11, 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.ttc.ca/postings/gso-comrpt/documents/report/f2037/_conv.htm
  7. ^ "Easier Access and Second Exit Design Concept for Woodbine Station" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. June 2, 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Real Estate Acquisitions – TTC Woodbine Station" (PDF). Staff Report. City of Toronto. July 28, 2010. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Lito Romano (March 2014). "Woodbine Station Upgrades" (PDF). ttc.ca. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Woodbine Station at Wikimedia Commons